In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It's not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself-and Marie-to a danger all too real.Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can't stop thinking about her senior project and its subject-classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby's own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires, and tragedies of the characters she's reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym "Marian Love," and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we've come, and how much farther we have to go.
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by Robin Talley
by Robin Cook
by Robin LaFevers
by Robin McKinley
by Brynne S. Kennedy
"Stephanie Cannon narrates this audiobook, which moves between 1955 and 2017. Amid the 1950s Lavender Scare, when mass firings of gays from government jobs took place, Janet discovers a lesbian pulp fiction novel, and it opens up new worlds for her. Sixty-two years later, Abby is an out-and-proud lesbian coping with her parents' imploding marriage. The juxtaposition of these intertwining stories highlights the incredible changes lesbian communities have undergone in 60-plus years. Cannon gives both teens a subtle mid-Atlantic accent, reflecting their shared home of Washington, DC. Other characters have distinct voices, though, interestingly, Janet's and Abby's love interests are both given a similar high-pitched voice. Talley's storytelling elevates what could have felt like a history lesson. Cannon's engaging narration ensures that listeners will dive right into these teens' intertwining stories and not want them to end. S.P. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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